Lady Tams, Tigresses unscathed heading into marquee match

Lady Tams, Tigresses unscathed heading into marquee match
Bernadeth Pons of Far Eastern University smashes a kill against National University in their 80th UAAP women's beach volleyball encounter.

Reigning women's champion University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University, warming up for this Thursday’s rivalry game, easily prevailed against their respective foes late Sunday in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay.     

The Tigresses’ Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray overwhelmed University of the East’s Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-7, 21-9, while the Lady Tamaraws’ Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza scored a quick 21-2, 21-7 win over National University’s Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran.     

Both undefeated in six contests, UST and FEU will clash for an outright berth in the best-of-three championship at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the same Pasay venue.  The loser will drop at No. 2 and will hold the twice-to-beat bonus in the stepladder semifinals.     

University of the Philippines clinched its first semis appearance in five years as Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero beat DeLa Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, 21-17, 21-17, for a 4-2 card.     

Ateneo's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte overcame Adamson University’s Bern Flora and Chrislyn Uy, 21-12, 23-21, to keep its semis hopes afloat.     

The Lady Eagles booked their second win in six matches, a game behind the Lady Spikers, who are in fourth place with a 3-3 record.     

De La Salle and Ateneo collide at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, with the Lady Spikers gunning for the last semis berth. A win by the Lady Eagles will force a playoff against their fierce rivals for the No. 4 slot in the stepladder semifinals.     

In the men’s division, the Bulldogs’ Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad are a win away of gaining an outright passage to the best-of-three Finals.     

NU turned back Ateneo, 21-19, 21-16, and De La Salle, 21-17, 21-10, to raise its record at 6-0.  The Bustillos-based duo will go for the championship slot against UP on Thursday.     

UST and FEU are in joint second with 5-1 record after sweeping their two Day 4 matches.  

The Growling Tigers and the Tamaraws clash for the No. 2 ranking in the semifinals on Thursday. 

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